Symantec Filestore manages private and public clouds

New product released

Symantec has announced the introduction of Symantec FileStore, a new solution enabling organisations to build scalable, high-performance file-based storage services for their enterprise, including private and public clouds. Now available, FileStore can manage and protect critical information, maximise system performance and scale performance and capacity non-disruptively as application needs change, the company says.

Symantec currently deploys FileStore as the file-based storage architecture in its own cloud services, with more than 40 petabytes of online storage for more than nine million active users, according to the company. Symantec also leverages Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and Veritas Cluster Server to manage this backup storage. With FileStore, Symantec claims to deliver reliable, high-performance online backup services at a fraction of the cost by driving up storage utilisation rates and eliminating planned downtime required to scale performance, capacity or daily administration tasks.

With FileStore, organisations can add or remove storage dynamically without taking systems offline. FileStore integrates natively with Symantec's security and information management solutions, including Symantec NetBackup and Symantec Endpoint Protection.

A single FileStore system scales up to 16 nodes, and 2 PB of total storage, the company says. The product is reportedly designed to scale from entry-level configurations in affordable increments that match the IT organisation's need and budget.

FileStore takes advantage of Symantec's market-leading cross-platform file system that provides the cornerstone of an effective computing environment, which began 20 years ago with the first journaled UNIX file system, Veritas Storage Foundation, and has continued to evolve with Veritas Cluster File System. FileStore provides a consistent foundation between traditional storage models and new private cloud models, designed to increase scalability to support multi-petabyte applications, while also significantly enhancing the resiliency of storage environments and keeping storage capital and operational costs low.

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